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Shiurim on Chumash and Navi by Menachem Leibtag
In Memory of Rabbi Avraham Leibtag (1 Shvat, 5682 - 5 Adar, 5756)
for PARSHAT VAYETZE
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Shiur #1: Yaakov's Dream & Am Yisrael's Future
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Yaakov's Dream, Am Yisrael's Future -
Is it acceptable for one to doubt a divine promise? If God makes a promise, certainly we'd expect Him to keep it! Why then does Yaakov Avinu vow to worship God only if (and when) God fulfills His promise to return him to the Promised Land?
Furthermore, why should Yaakov make a "neder" (vow) at all? After all, neither Avraham nor Yitzchak ever made any sort of conditional vow after receiving their divine promises!
Why is Yaakov different?
In this week's shiur, as we study God's "hitgalut" (revelation) to Yaakov at Bet-El, we attempt to explain why.
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